Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay

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Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay

Looking for some great places to eat. Informal is best. Not big on crabcakes... We'll be driving through Pittsburgh PA, down through Cumberland MD, then over to Baltimore and Annapolis MD. From there it will an exploration of the east side of the Chesapeake Bay (the DelMarVa Peninsula) where we'll stay in St. Michael's MD, Rehoboth Beach DE and Chincoteaque VA. Then on to Williamsburg, Fredericksburg and Mt. Vernon VA before heading home through Columbus OH. Breakfast, lunch and dinner...we love them all! Thanks for your help! Big Daddy Dave
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 09:57:47 (permalink)
    Crab Claw, St. Michaels, MD It is on the water and St.Michaels
    is a lovely town. Maryland Inn in Annapolis is great, but not
    cheap.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 10:18:50 (permalink)
    I also will be in the Washington DC area around 8/7/05 and then i will be driving to Annapolis and then east toward the coast. I would be delighted if someone could direct me to quality crab cakes in that area.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 11:17:24 (permalink)
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    I also will be in the Washington DC area around 8/7/05 and then i will be driving to Annapolis and then east toward the coast. I would be delighted if someone could direct me to quality crab cakes in that area.

    Paul E. Smith
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    For very good crab cakes in the DC area, try Johnny's Half Shell at 2002 P St., N.W., tel. no.(202) 296-2021 (more expensive, but better crab cakes), or C.F. Folks, 1225 19th St. N.W., tel. no. (202) 293-0162 (less expensive, but crabcakes still good). I've also read good things about a place called The Narrows, which is just off of route 50 after you cross the Bay Bridge onto Maryland's eastern shore. http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4485&SearchTerms=narrows,crabcakes I haven't eaten there, but I'm going on July 21 and I'll give you my personal views afterwards.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 12:24:06 (permalink)
    Sundancer 7 --My favorite place for crabcakes is Cantler's. (Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn). (410) 757-1311. From Annapolis-Take Rte 2 North one block, pass the WWII Memorial. Turn right onto Ritchie Rd., proceed straight through 4-way to St. Margaret's Rd. Bare right onto Browns Woods Rd. to right onto Forest Beach Rd. and follow to end. Ask anyone in Annapolis, they have been there. I went to the crabfest last year, and G and M's were good, but these are GREAT! I had one for lunch, 2 are expensive, but always worth it. We usually stay on Kent Island (Stevensville), which is just east of Annapolis. There are a couple of very good places to eat right there. We like the Holiday Inn express. You overlook the water, and if high enough up, the view is very nice. They have swans nesting, etc. We use a coupon we get from the Md. welcome center in a magazine of "where to stays". We especially like the fact that there are very good restaurants a few blocks away. It makes having a before dinner drink more enjoyable.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 12:37:27 (permalink)
    Sundancer, Can you be more specific with your plans? When do you arrive in the DC area?
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 13:02:48 (permalink)

    This place is in Maryland, just below the Delaware line-
    Excellent pork and chicken. Homemade bread and pies.

    EMING'S BBQ
    9811 WHALEYVILLE RD
    BISHOPVILLE, MD
    (410) 352-3157


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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 13:18:31 (permalink)
    There's an outstanding Irish pub in Annapolis; Galway Bay, in the middle of the historical area. Best Irish corned beef I've ever had...good soda bread, etc. Great Irish music at night, too.

    Here's a link to their website. As you can tell, they do have a varied menu.

    http://www.galwaybayannapolis.com/

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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 13:39:47 (permalink)
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    Sundancer, Can you be more specific with your plans? When do you arrive in the DC area?


    I plan on being in DC on the night of 8/7/05. I will probably be there a couple of days before heading farther east. I have no specific plans anywhere. I am just getting out of Knoxville for a few days. I thought I would drive down the east coast looking for crab cakes, possibly stop in Ocean City and work my way back to Knoxville.

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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 14:04:43 (permalink)
    Re. Galway Bay - proceed with caution - I've had mixed experiences there; unfortunately, the more negative ones have been the more recent. Once I ordered fish and chips and was served shepherd's pie - I don't eat meat, so I asked them to make me the fish anyway. It was late, and I think they were wanting to close, so they rushed through the order and the fish was greasy and the chips close to raw (certainly not cooked twice). Last time I got a shrimp caesar salad which was just lousy.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 14:49:52 (permalink)
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    Re. Galway Bay - proceed with caution - I've had mixed experiences there; unfortunately, the more negative ones have been the more recent. Once I ordered fish and chips and was served shepherd's pie - I don't eat meat, so I asked them to make me the fish anyway. It was late, and I think they were wanting to close, so they rushed through the order and the fish was greasy and the chips close to raw (certainly not cooked twice). Last time I got a shrimp caesar salad which was just lousy.


    sorry to hear that. I visited the Annapolis location twice in the same week about 9 months ago and found it outstanding.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/19 19:04:51 (permalink)
    Sundancer, Would love to meet up for crab cakes at Cantler's in Annapolis on the 8th or 9th. Can that work for you? Might be able to scare up Meowzart and a few others too if you are interested.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/20 11:12:56 (permalink)
    7522 - While in St. Michaels head over to Harrison's Chesapeake House on Tilghman Island overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. An Eastern Shore landmark not to be missed. It has been serving up Maryland favorites since 1875.

    My family owns a house on Chincoteague and our favorites are:

    Island Family (On Ridge Road, great cheap food, but a little smokey)

    Wright's Seafood (on the mainland, just before you cross the causeway - call for reservations on weekends to get a table overlooking the water)

    J&B Cold Cuts (On S. Main, great subs)

    Mr. Whippy (On Maddox Boulevard, the world's best soft-serve)

    Hope you enjoy your trip to our neck of the woods!
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/20 20:32:25 (permalink)
    We've really enjoyed Chesapeake Landing, just west of St. Michael's, and clearly a locals venue. In Annapolis, I still like the back bar at McGarvey's Tavern for steamed mussels and their own Aviator beer. Piccola Roma on Main st., downtown Annapolis is a nice somewhat upscale Italian choice. Lastly, I also had a less than satisfactory experience at Galway's on my last visit.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/22 14:45:21 (permalink)
    http://www.jerrys-seafood.com/

    There is a terrific restaurant in Lanham, Maryland, Prince Georges County called Jerry's Seafood. They have a signature dish called the Crab Bomb, which is 10 ounces of baked, seasoned lump crab. The restaurant is slightly off the beaten path, looks like nothing on the outside, but is terrific inside.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/22 14:57:10 (permalink)
    We are native Marylanders now living in Florida. If you are in the Annapolis area and want the BEST crabcakes and/or crab imperial go to the Edgewater Restaurant on Mayo Road ( 410-956-3202), closed on Mondays. In St. Michaels, Crab Claw is the best for Maryland type sea food, and if you are in for an expensive but memorable treat go to the Inn at St. Michaels.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/25 10:13:21 (permalink)
    My wife and I ate at The Narrows restaurant, which is located just off of Route 50 at exit 42, about 5 miles east of the Bay Bridge, last Thursday. http://www.thenarrowsrestaurant.com/ The excellent food and the great setting (right on the water) made for a memorable dining experience. We started off with a cup of the cream of crab soup, which was thick, rich and delicious. We both then had the crabcakes. Made from jumbo lump crabmeat (which is the sweetest, and most expensive, type of crabmeat) with a bare minimum of binder, they were as good a rendition of that dish as I have ever had. The side dishes that we had (sauteed spinach, french fries and cole slaw) were well seasoned and well prepared. I topped off my meal with a dessert of peach shortcake, which consisted of a scoop of cinammon-flavored ice cream sitting on a piece of shortcake, topped with sliced, fresh peaches. The tartness of the peaches set off the sweetness of the ice cream very effectively, making for a delicious end to an excellent meal. However, quality is usually not cheap. The (two) crabcakes, served with two sides, came to about 30 dollars for each of us, and with the two cups of soup, the dessert and beverages for both of us, the total bill came to about 80 dollars before taxes and the tip. Definitely worth it, though.

    As a point of comparison, the next day my wife and I went to Stoney's in Broomes Island, Maryland, which is about 60 miles south of DC. http://www.stoneysseafoodhouse.com/pages/1/index.htm I had an appetizer of Oysters Imperial (which consisted of steamed oysters topped with Crab Imperial -- outstanding!) and the crabcake sandwich. The crabcake consisted of a lower grade of meat than that served at The Narrows and was about the size of the two crabcakes I had had there the day before combined. At 17 dollars, it was certainly less expensive, and it was very good, but not as good as the jumbo lump crabcakes.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/25 11:15:02 (permalink)
    I second Nachise's "Jerry's Seafood" recommendation, but a word of warning: Jerry's is very popular and not very large, which translates into long waits at prime dining times. However, if you get there before six, you should be able to get in with little or no waiting.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/25 11:42:04 (permalink)
    Sundancer-I can give you these recs:In Crisfield at The Original Captain's Galley 1021 W.Main St. (410) 968-3313 great seafood house with incredible crabcakes.In Chesapeake City you can get real good crabs and crabcakes at the Bayard House 11 Bohemia St. (410) 885-5040.In Grasonville you could try:The Narrows 3023 Kent Narrows Rd. (410) 827-8113.Good crab foods can be found at Schooner's Landing 314 Tilghman Rd. in Oxford (410) 226-0160. In Salisbury you could try Captain's Galley 803 S.Salisbury Ave. (410) 860-1636.The Crab Claw in St.Michaels also offers a raw bar if you're an oyster fan.For a really great soft-shell crab sandwich I can highly recommend the Slaughter Creek Pub on Rte. 16 on Taylor's Island (410) 221-2911.It's a very nice drive too.Finally after another pretty drive you could do worse than a stop at Harrison's Chesapeake House in Tilghman.The Eastern Shore is such a fine place for a road trip.Have a great trip Sundancer and give us a report.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/25 11:59:52 (permalink)
    Mudbug, the Captain's Galley in Crisfield has closed, perhaps permanently. http://www.delmarvanow.com/somerset/stories/20041124/1642547.html Fortunately, there are other fine seafood options in Crisfield, including The Cove ( http://www.coverestaurant.net ) and The Circle Inn.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/25 20:38:20 (permalink)
    I would second or third Jerry's too, but the Crab Bomb checks in at like $35, so be prepared.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/29 12:28:16 (permalink)
    In Baltimore, the lexington market is a great place to have a bite.
    There are at least 30 food stands inside, and it is a wonderful bit of local color and flavor.
    It is 3 stops up from camden yards on the light rail.
    When I am in Baltimore I always stop by the market a bite.
    In Fells Point area of Baltimore, there is a taco truck that has some great tamales.
    It is parked about 3 blocks north of the Broadway market on the east side of broadway. Wash the tamales down with a pineapple or mandarin orange jarritos soda. It doesnt get much better for street food.
    Not too far from Annapolis in Arnold Md Magothy Seafood in a Marina on the Magothy River cant be beat. It was one of the 25 best seafood dives of 2003 in Coastal Living Magazine.
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/07/29 12:37:32 (permalink)
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    Sundancer-I can give you these recs:In Crisfield at The Original Captain's Galley 1021 W.Main St. (410) 968-3313 great seafood house with incredible crabcakes.In Chesapeake City you can get real good crabs and crabcakes at the Bayard House 11 Bohemia St. (410) 885-5040.In Grasonville you could try:The Narrows 3023 Kent Narrows Rd. (410) 827-8113.Good crab foods can be found at Schooner's Landing 314 Tilghman Rd. in Oxford (410) 226-0160. In Salisbury you could try Captain's Galley 803 S.Salisbury Ave. (410) 860-1636.The Crab Claw in St.Michaels also offers a raw bar if you're an oyster fan.For a really great soft-shell crab sandwich I can highly recommend the Slaughter Creek Pub on Rte. 16 on Taylor's Island (410) 221-2911.It's a very nice drive too.Finally after another pretty drive you could do worse than a stop at Harrison's Chesapeake House in Tilghman.The Eastern Shore is such a fine place for a road trip.Have a great trip Sundancer and give us a report.


    Mudbug, I appreciate your advice but I have no idea where these places are. I am not from that area. If you recommend a place, you should give some type of directions.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Road Trip - Chesapeake Bay 2005/08/03 20:55:07 (permalink)
    How about the Chincoteague Island for some good food? In addition how about a stop in Norfok area?

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